May 15, 2006 9:48am
Re: Film Restoration
i don't have a real answer for you, but i would also be very interested in finding out more about this...
my guess is that one of the problems could be the hardware (and storage) requirements - depending on what results you want.
two possible solutions:
a) you first could transcode an mpeg-2 file from e.g. the feature film collection with ffmpegX (os x app, but there are pc/linux versions) into a high resolution format that you can use in final cut pro (and maybe while transcoding one could also try do some basic scratch removal with the built-in ffmpegX tools - but this should be tested first...)
then in final cut pro:
• some basic scratch removal (maybe combinations of blur/sharpen and some other filters)
• colour correction
• maybe work on the sound...
b) the other way: frame by frame using photoshop (and the build in scripting feature). you should really test this before doing on a whole movie frame by frame... (also: convert the single frames to e.g. the "animation" format and for both, a) and b), have a look at 10 bit colour correction.) on os x you could try to use "automator" to make fcp and ps work together like one application and you just make adjustments at the beginning of each new shot/sequence, just like in a film lab...
those are both d.i.y. solutions, the first one might be a bit too cheap for more ambitious projects and the second one maybe only useful for very ambitious projects.
maybe you can do some simple "restoring" in imovie...?